As we move forward with 2021, we will begin hiring new staff members to continue moving VirtualUA Community. We’re looking for intelligent and innovative members to come on board here at VirtualUA. Our staff members play a vital role behind the scenes, and it’s “impossible” to run an incredible community without dedicated staff members. If you are “serious” and can devote a few hours a week, we would love to have a chat with you. Please visit our revised Volunteer Opportunity website to learn more about what job is open and VirtualUA Staff Benefits.
We’re halfway through January and loving our 2021 momentum. Did you know we’re 1000 flights away from achieving 100,000 flights? Who will be the one that completes the 100,000 flight? Isn’t that amazing? As we start our 9th year of service, we already see incredible results. But this is because of you, OUR community. We wouldn’t be successful without our “active” community that calls VirtualUA, Inc., their home away from home.
Moving on to other great news, we refreshed our schedules today. We will continue to update them regularly with the real world United Flight Schedules. VirtualUA, Inc will be recruiting new volunteer staff members. We will be kicking off a new round of staff members across the board. Do you have some spare time in your busy schedule to help move VirtualUA forward? If so, we would like to have a chat with you.
We’re looking for “serious” members to come aboard to help out with the many tasks to keep us moving forward. It will be another busy year for us, and we hope to recruit the best. Look out for more information soon. Have a superior week, and we thank you for being a part of our community.
Now that the holidays are behind us, we can now move forward with exciting developments here at VirtualUA. We want to inform you about a few new launches for the community. First, VirtualUA’s new Loyalty Program is here. You can now start tracking your AVRP (Altitude Virtual Reward Program) quarterly status via ATMOS. You can learn more about this great program here: https://avrp.virtualua.org/. Here are a few reminders; your status changes quarterly, your benefits get better as you fly more, manual PIREP’s do not receive Flight credit towards your AVRP Status, but you receive points. Once you level up, you will receive an email from the system and benefits such as Jumpseat passes. Our next AVRP project later this year will be releasing a Virtual Pilot Shop, where you can purchase virtual items with your points.
Next, we are introducing our New PIREP Auto Acceptance System. The Automatic PIREP acceptance system will check the landing rate and route to ensure policy compliance. It will also check the flight log for in-flight refueling, diversion from planned arrival, slew mode usage, and simulation rate changes. If it detects any of those things out of compliance, the PIREP will be “held for review,” and a staff member will have to review the PIREP manually. If it does not detect any of these things, the PIREP will automatically be accepted. Please, Please, Please don’t forget your “route”; this will cause your PIREP to be rejected. Lately, we have allowed this to slide, but PIREP will be rejected according to the policy from now on.
As you know, our Program Free for the 2020 holiday season has expired; we hope you had the opportunity to get those hours in during that time. Occasionally during the year, we will have other Program Free options. Our Staff Team will be meeting this week to discuss Staff opportunities for those interested in joining our team; please watch out for the next Boarding Pass with more information. Later this month, we will be refreshing our Flight Schedules. We appreciate your patience during this process and thank you for being a part of VirtualUA. Happy Flying!
VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Holiday event, Home for the Holidays. The event will take place on December 12 at 2200z. Our route will take us from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (CYWG) to our final destination of Chicago O’hare International Airport (KORD).
We want to thank REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 for their continued support of our community here at VirtualUA, Inc. We could not have achieved the level of success we are now without their help! We, as a community, look forward to supporting them throughout the coming years.
We also want to thank Skyblue Radio for helping us get the word out; we appreciate their continuously committed to our community.
REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 have graciously sponsored the event by donating some awesome prizes for pilots to win. To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/vuaholidayevent20.
In addition to the prizes, our friends at Vatsim will be providing everyone with ATC from gate to gate. This event is shaping up to be a great one. We look forward to sharing the friendly skies with everyone this December 12! It’s time to start celebrating and counting down to 2 0 2 1!
VirtualUA, Inc is a proud partner of the VATSIM online flying network. VATSIM offers an additional level of realism providing virtual Air Traffic Control around the world while also displaying other virtual pilots in the sky. VirtualUA is an Authorized Training Organization and can provide pilot training to our VA members. We offer a Private Pilot course, which, when completed, awards the pilot the P1 rating on VATSIM. VATSIM is an exceptional community to belong to, and it’s free! Visit vatsim.net for more information!
As we complete our transition over to ATMOS, the Member and Staff Relations department will be releasing a new version of our member handbook in the upcoming weeks.
The changes you will see will consist of our new aircraft program, removing the pilot ranking structure, leave of absence (LOAs), etc. September 1, 2020, we will start enforcing the minimum flight requirements per month. Failure to meet the minimum flight requirement will result in removal from the active roster. To avoid being removed from the roster, members are required to be active for 60 days before eligible for a leave of absence (LOA). For certain situations that may arise, we will work with you to ensure you remain a member of VirtualUA. PIREP’s that have landing rates over -650fpm will result in rejection. If you need help with improving your landings, you can contact our training department.
For members who would like to contribute to our organization, we do offer several volunteer positions.
VirtualUA 2020 3rd Quarter Virtual Fireside Chat is here! You’re invited to join us live on our Discord Server next month. Please save the date, Friday, September 25 at 1900 CST. We will provide the latest update regarding VirtaulUA Community and some exciting news.
Please come out and meet the VirtualUA Team, please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/vuafirechatrsvp . Prizes will be awarded to random participants! We hope to see you there!
Thanks to those who participated in the Fun N Sun event! We had a great time and hope you did too. If you haven’t had a chance, please fill out our event feedback form: https://forms.gle/gCqCRnvVwonDGwKaA. We’re super excited to announce our next event, which is scheduled on October 24, 2020. Please save the date. We are in the early planning phases however we want to give everyone some preliminary information, so you can add it to your calendar. This event will be a “Fall” themed event. It will most likely be somewhere up North. Stay tuned as we will be soliciting your feedback soon. Speaking of events, we are still looking for an Event Manager. If you are interested or know someone, please share our Staff application link: https://bit.ly/vuastaffapp.
Back in July we kicked off our Group Flight Program. Pilots are now able to communicate with each other on our Discord Server and coordinate group flights. We are thrilled that this has been a success, and we will continue to encourage our community to participate in group flying. We want to Congratulate our July Winners for our Monthly Screenshot competition. The August competition has kicked off, so head over to our Discord Server and post your favorite screenshot. If you win we will send you some award points and post your screenshot on our social media platforms to recognize your talent. Happy Screenshotting! Finally, we’re happy to announce our monthly Feedback Program. During the 2nd quarter Fireside Chat, we announced that we would launch this program starting in September. Watch your emails for more information in the coming weeks. We love to hear your suggestions and feedback as we only continue to develop for you — our members! Our staff team works extremely hard behind the scenes for our community and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
We at VirtualUA, Inc. are thrilled to announce that we have been working on a new platform for planning your flights, tracking them, and logging them. This new platform will replace Skynet.
Our new platform Atmos will replace our current Skynet on the web. Atmos will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your needs. You will be able to manage your account, book flights, review your flight history, and see some of the statistics from all your past flights. Not only that, but it will also encompass our new support system. Whether you need assistance with Technology, Flight Operations, or any other department we have, you will be able to submit a ticket and receive assistance from the appropriate folks. Like any support system you may have used in the past, you will be able to view your requests’ status and any actions on it as well! Here below are some important notes as we transition on August 1 :
Systems will do down at 6 pm central time, Friday, July 31, 2020. Expected to be back up by 6 am central time on Saturday, August 1, 2020, however, could be sooner. At 6 pm central, all web services will go offline. Both ACARS systems will still be accessible; however, if you try to file a PIREP or anything, there will be an error, and it WILL NOT go through. Users will need to file a manual PIREP once Atmos is online.
SKYNET and SKYLINK will sunset
Smartcars will become our primary Flight Tracker, more information will soon be released with our new Custom ACARS
Users will receive an email with their new pilot ID once systems are back up.
Discord, email, blog, and ccs will remain online at all times during the system cutover.
After the cutover, ALL users (except staff) will lose their discord permissions. They will need to login to Atmos and link their Discord account to get their permissions back.
On the new SmartCARS, it will only show flights you have booked that are departing from your current airport. So if you see no flights, you may need to jumpseat.
Updates will be sent out throughout the migration process using Discord.
Once again, we appreciate all your patience during this transition. We couldn’t do it without the support of our community. This is just a beginning as we continue to move Virtual Aviation forward. Blue Skies!
We at VirtualUA, Inc. are thrilled to announce that we have been working on a new platform for planning your flights, tracking them, and logging them. This new platform will replace Skynet. We will be releasing more information very soon, and we appreciate your patience.